Desire, Dilemma and Determination
1. The book of Philippians was written by the Apostle Paul from his prison cell in Rome to the saints in Philippi:
a. Paul was guilty of one thing--preaching the gospel (vs.3).
QUOTE: Friend, let me say, when you determine to live above mediocrity in your Christian life, when you decide you are going to stand for something and be something for Jesus, it is going to cost you.
Martin Luther, the famous 17th century church reformer, said, "A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing."
Paul's religion and his faith in Christ made life worth living and made death a sweet, heavenly prospect.
2. In our message this morning, I want to present you with three points:
I. Paul's Desire
II. Paul's Dilemma
III. Paul's Determination
I. PAUL'S DESIRE
1. What was Paul's desire? Two things:
A. First, he had a desire to depart this life:
1. Notice his words (vs.23), "having a desire to depart..."
2. Don't you ever just get kind of tired of this old world and want to go home? I do.
a. I believe there is something wrong with a Christian who does not long for heaven. I understand we have a work to do - we have families, friends, careers and certain things we enjoy:
1) But, I can assure you; one glimpse of heaven will remove any longing you ever had to remain in this life.
b. Paul's desire to depart touches us all. It reminds us that we will all one day depart this life (hopefully in the rapture). I believe Jesus is coming soon, don't you?
1) I am waiting - I'm longing, and I'm looking for His return. Paul wrote in 1 Thes. 1:10, "And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come."
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